Blog: How shopping may help consumers live longer

Katie Smith | 8 April 2011

As many other women will agree shopping can be a good day out when we find what we want, the shopping centre isn't too busy and we have money to splash out on a new outfit.

And now, according to research, shopping "prolongs life".

As shopping can be argued to involve physical exercise, social interaction and keeping mentally active, I can see how it can be beneficial and its always a bonus when the shops have what we want in stock.

However, others would strongly disagree with this and struggle to see how it can prolong our lives, if they get stressed because they can't find what they want and too many people are pushing in front of them.

Let's review the research...

Published online in the academic journal, researchers led by Dr Yu-Hung Chang of the Institute of Population Health Sciences, Taiwan, studied nearly 2,000 men and women aged 65 and over who lived in their own homes. This hardly relates to young British men that can't wait for shopping with their partner to be over, that's even if they go...

Results showed those who shopped regularly lived longer than those who shopped just once a week or less, and after adjusting for factors such as physical limitations and cognitive decline.

I'm sure the majority of readers will agree that sale shopping is a nightmare! Being crushed by people eager to get their hands on out of season stock is not my ideal day out.

Anyway, the findings follow so readers can decide for themselves.

Shopping 'may improve health'


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